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In Deuteronomy 10:15 we see that God’s love for His people is due entirely to His choice. He decided to love the people of Israel, including all the generations up through the time of Moses. As Christians we can also say that God chose to love His people, all who believe on Jesus, God the Son, who has redeemed the world to the Father.
What response does God call us to? First, we are to “circumcise the foreskin of our heart.” The Scripture describes a cutting away of what is held by us and would interfere with God’s mercy. It may well be (normally is) held in secret. Yet whatever we would try to keep from God’s work of forgiveness and reconciliation, that we are to yield to God.
We show this love for God by exhibiting a selfless love for others. In verse 19 we are to love the sojourners, those who are visiting or staying for a while where we are. We are to have this attitude because God made His people sojourn in Egypt for a while. The Lord provides for those who are away from home. And he does it through His people. So in verse 18 when God provides food, clothing, and shelter for the sojourners, we are likely instruments for His use.
In effect, what we do is to love our neighbor as ourselves. And we identify the neighbors by looking around us and seeing who is there. We dedicate ourselves to God’s name, but in doing so, since God has loved those who travel among us, we love them also.
Those whom God has chosen to love? We love them too. It’s as easy as that.
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